Support the World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2015, which this year is focused on raising awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health problems can live with dignity.
We all have mental health, and by failing to treat people with mental health problems with dignity we make it more difficult to ensure that everyone takes steps to safeguard their wellbeing and to seek help, as it can lead to self-stigma, low confidence, low self-esteem, withdrawal and social isolation.
At this point, you may ask: what can I do about it?
Apart from raising awareness of positive mental health and wellbeing you may want to brush up your skills in mental health first aid, like for example:
– Non judgemental listening skills;
– Using responses that encourage others to talk and open up;
– Methods used to talk someone who may have suicidal thoughts;
– Ways to help someone having a panic attack;
– Skills in recognising symptoms of depression and anxiety.
If you feel like any of the above may be missing from your ‘day to day toolbox’ as a manager or a practitioner, find out more about the next training in Mental Health First Aid which is taking place in Exeter in October 2015 here